Are Wetsuits An Important Piece Of Kit?

Swimming outdoors in winter weather has increased in popularity. So what are the Do's and Dont's of the sport?

It is a common misconception that people can only enjoy swimming during warm weather spells. However, swimming outdoors has become quite popular and has a large following.

B2C is a wetsuit (and associated water sports equipment) distribution company, which operates an online business and also has stock which can be purchased directly from its premises.

The company has seen a rise in the number of people buying wetsuits during the winter period. The wetsuit is an integral part of equipment for anyone wanting to swim or dive outdoors - whatever the weather.

Wetsuits
come in a variety of different shapes and sizes and is important to be fitted correctly before purchase.
The wetsuit works by trapping a thin layer of water between you the swimmer and the wetsuits material, known as neoprene. Your body will quickly warm up the water and this will keep you warm when immersed in cold water.

The concern regarding cold water is its potential to cause hypothermia, a potentially life threatening condition.

This is why many cold water swimmers insist on having a wetsuit in their kit.

It has been known for some people, especially triathletes to wear two wetsuits. This is because some people competing in the sport have a body fat percentage under 5%.

A wetsuit should be a tight fit and never baggy or loose. The main areas of concern and the neck and hip area, it is important to ensure they are fitted correctly.

If you are new to cold water swimming, it is advisable to try out your wetsuit and other equipment in an indoor pool first. It is also good practice to swim in pairs.

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